Hunters and animal rights activists are finding common ground in their aversions to hunting drones.
According to the Washington Examiner, several key hunting and animal rights organizations are calling on state governments to ban aerial hunting drones.
The use of aerial drones for hunting is fairly new. Aerial drone technology has only been available to the public for a few years. Drone developers are trying to bring their small crafts to the hunting market – a move that they think is a natural fit.
But many hunters, as well as animal rights groups, believe that hunting drones are unethical.
The most prominent organizations that are speaking up are the Boone & Crockett Club, the Pope & Young Club, the Izaak Walton League of America, PETA and the Humane Society of America.
You probably thought you’d never see all those groups sharing a common goal.
Both camps are think that hunting drones should be banned.
“To be an ethical hunter, you need to maintain a sense of fair chaise,” Izaak Walton Outdoor Ethics Committee Chairman Lee Hays said. “Using them to spot game – or one day to spot and shoot animals is beyond the pale.”
PETA also shared their perspective with the Examiner.
“Hunters who use drones to track and kill deer, elk, and other animals do no service to hunting, showing that they are just like hunters who enjoy point-and-click hunting—in which couch potatoes stalk and kill animals from a computer.”
Ironically, PETA sells drones that are designed to hunt hunters. Their “Air Angels” aerial drones are designed to monitor hunter’s activities in the field. The state of Illinois recently banned the PETA drones from interfering with hunters activities.
As for hunters, more and more are using hunting drones to scout for animals, as the technology becomes more affordable. Most aerial drone models cost around $500.
The federal government lets states decide drone regulations. Colorado, Alaska and Montana already have hunting drone regulations. According to the the Washington Examiner, the some federal lawmakers are working on a federal ban as part of a “pro-sportsmans” bill package.
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